Leon Bignell

  • Member for Mawson
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
  • Minister for Forests
  • Minister for Tourism
  • Minister for Recreation and Sport
  • Minister for Racing
  • Member of the Executive Council


Leon Bignell is South Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Forests, Tourism, Recreation and Sport and Racing.

Leon grew up on a farm in the state’s south-east and from an early age understood the importance of agriculture. He is passionate about finding new markets for our food, wine and primary industries and has led the charge for South Australia to be GM free.

In tourism, Leon is continually promoting South Australia around the world and encourages all South Australians to holiday at home. He has successfully secured tens of millions of additional money in the State Budget for tourism to market our state and attract conventions and major events here.

Leon has been the Member for Mawson since 2006 and has helped schools, community groups and businesses.

He successfully pushed for legislation to lock in agricultural preserves to stop gutter to gutter housing taking over the rich production lands of McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.

Electorate Profile - Mawson

Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1956), scientist and explorer, was associated with the University of Adelaide from 1905 and was its Professor of Geology 1921-1952. He was a member of an Antarctic Expedition in 1908 and led three other Antarctic Expeditions 1911-1914, 1929 and 1931. He also made geological studies in South Australia.

Area: approx. 246.6km2

Location: South of the metropolitan area, the district incorporates outer southern residential suburbs as well as the grape growing district of McLaren Vale and adjacent agricultural land.

History: Created at the 1969 boundaries redistribution.


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